Paul Daley might get what he was hoping for.
"I think I'm going to get a tough first fight, beat that person, and then I think I'll be in a position to fight Douglas Lima," Daley told Ariel Helwani. "That's not contracted, that's not been discussed or anything. But the way I see it, coming back to Bellator, I think a big win over one of their bigger welterweight stars and then I'll be challenging Douglas Lima for the belt."
Lima, who became the Bellator champion with a second-round TKO victory over Rick Hawn in April, will defend his title against the winner of Andrey Koreshkov vs. Adam McDonough tournament final at Friday’s Bellator 122, but the Brazilian welcomes a bout against Daley in the future.
"I’m ready whenever he is," Lima told MMAFighting.com. "I will fight whoever they want, no problem at all. It’s going to be a good fight."
Daley has yet to solve his visa issues to be able to fight for Bellator, and he has a fight coming against submission specialist Igor Fernandes at BAMMA 16 in Sept. 13 in Manchester, England.